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Michael Cole-Fontayn formally elected chairman of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

The Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has announced that Michael Cole-Fontayn MCSI was elected chairman at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday 10 October.

The term of office is initially for three years, with Cole-Fontayn succeeding Sir Alan Yarrow Chartered FCSI (Hon), who has not sought re-election having completed nine years in post.

Following a 35-year career in financial services at BNY Mellon, Cole-Fontayn is chairman of the Association of Financial Markets in Europe. He’s also founding director and Advisory Council member of the Financial Markets Standards Board, Trustee of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (a Mental Health Charity) and a founding chairman of the 30% Club. Cole-Fontayn is a Patron of Women in Banking and Finance.


Michael Cole-Fontayn

Speaking about his appointment, Cole-Fontayn said: “I am extremely pleased to be officially working with the Institute as its chairman. I’m particularly delighted to support CISI’s commitment to raising standards, conduct and professional behaviour, both in the UK’s finance sector and globally. I look forward to helping to encourage the next generation’s enthusiasm for a career in the finance world.”

Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI and CISI CEO, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Michael as our chairman. I very much look forward to working with him strategically so that we can remain adaptable and responsive as we grow our membership and professional qualifications both here in the UK and in global markets.”

At the AGM, two directors were elected to the CISI Board: Martin Ruskin CFP Chartered MCSI and Chris Allen MCSI. Ruskin is head of business development at Paradigm Norton Financial Planning and chairman of CISI’s Financial Planning Professional Forum.

Allen was appointed HSBC’s regional head for global private banking (EMEA) in April, having previously served as CEO of HSBC Private Bank in the UK with oversight of HSBC Private Banking’s businesses in the Channel Islands, France and Germany.

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Heald Ltd director Debbie Heald nominated for three Women in Business Awards

Heald Ltd company director Debbie Heald has been nominated in three categories of the prestigious 2015 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards. Heald has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire and North East region in the categories of International Business of the Year, SME Business of the Year and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Business of the Year.

Sponsored by HSBC, The Women in Business Awards are regarded as the premier forum for recognising and rewarding talented businesswomen across the UK.

Commenting on the news, Debbie Heald told Risk UK: “I’m delighted and proud that our work has been recognised in this way. This isn’t just about me. It’s a reflection of the hard work and innovation of everybody at Heald.”

Debbie Heald pictured with co-director and partner Rod Heald

Debbie Heald pictured with co-director and partner Rod Heald

East Yorkshire-based Heald Ltd has been providing some of the world’s most high profile sites with advanced protection against hostile vehicle attacks since 1986. The Hornsea company is an innovator in the field of perimeter security technology. Its bollards, roadblockers and barriers have boosted the field of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM).

Forward Ladies managing director Griselda Togobo, who announced the four regional shortlists, said she expected one of the most closely run finals in the event’s six-year history.

“The calibre of entries has been increasing year-on-year,” explained Togobo, “but this year we have a number of outstanding entries. Women of all ages, from all professions and all walks of life have applied.”

Competing in the national awards

The Yorkshire and North East winners will be announced at a regional awards ceremony to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on 29 September.

The regional winners will then go on to compete in the national awards which will be announced at a glittering final on 20 November at the Queens Hotel in Leeds.

Karen Boswell, managing director of Hitachi Rail and chair of the 2015 Judging Panel, added: “The standard of entries for this year’s Women in Business Awards was outstanding. That made selecting the shortlist extremely difficult. This is testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the economy grow.”

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